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Information and Procedures

The advanced degree application for Fall 2015 admission will become available on September 2, 2014 and the deadline date for submitting the application will be December 5, 2014, 11:59PM PST. Most decisions will be announced by April 1, 2015.  Some applicants may be notified of their admission prior to this date.

Application Requirements

A completed application consists of the following components (see guidelines below):

  1. Application for Admission to Graduate Study
  2. Application Fee
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae
  4. Personal statement
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Official transcripts
  7. TOEFL score report

Additional materials required from SPILS applicants:

  1. Research Proposal
  2. One additional letter of recommendation (3 total)

All application materials must be submitted through LSAC. The application form, resume, personal statement, research proposal (for SPILS applicants only), and the nonrefundable application fee payment must be submitted electronically through LSAC. Official transcripts and TOEFL score report must be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Required application materials submitted directly to the Office of Admissions will not be accepted.

It is your responsibility to make certain that all items arrive at the Office of Admissions. Your application may be treated as complete and a decision reached as soon as the minimum number of required documents is received.

Applicants are discouraged from submitting additional materials with the application; such materials will not be returned. All applications must be in English. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide information that demonstrates their ability to handle difficult materials in the English language.

Questions concerning the LLM and SPILS application process should be directed to the Stanford Law Office of Admissions by email at or by phone at 650.723.4985.